LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It's been a long summer for Clark County students who have been studying hard to make up for hard time.
The Clark County School District today congratulated graduates from high schools across the valley by holding the district’s second annual Summer Commencement Ceremony.
The ceremony is part of the district’s ongoing Reclaim Your Future initiative. Students who remained committed to completing the required course credits and passing proficiency exams to earn a diploma over the summer were celebrated for their achievement and perseverance.
At the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, high school administrators were directed to identify all students who were at risk of not graduating on time.
A corrective course of action was mapped out for these students and their academic progress was closely monitored to ensure each student received the support necessary to earn a diploma.
About 325 students earned their high school diplomas during the summer of 2013, and an estimated 150 students took part in today’s ceremony to commemorate their achievement.
News 3's Denise Rosch was there and spoke with newly appointed superintendent Pat Skorkowsky about his plans for the district.
In less than two weeks its back to the books for Clark County School District students.
Once again, we'll have a new face heading the district in Pat Skorkowsky, who took over as superintendent when Dwight Jones resigned eariler this year.
News 3's Denise Rosch reports from Valley High School after having a chance to talk with Skorkowsky to see what's ahead for local families.
It seemed a fitting spot to meet with the superintendent of schools.
“We're focusing in on making sure student achievement is our top priority. We're focusing on our people,” Skorkowsky said. “We know there are many changes with the evaluation systems, we need to make sure we're satisfying our customers. Getting parents engaged, and really focusing in on working with them.”
In the process the district bump up some disappointing graduation rates. Now just 62 percent according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Skorkowsky says he's encouraged by news out of the recent legislative session in Carson City.
"I'm pleased. We got some money for ELL [English Language Learners], our Zoom schools are going to open next week. Actually, on the first day of school, the 26th. I can't wait to get in those schools and see the learning that's going to happen,” he said.
Zoom schools include about 15 elementary campuses earmarked to receive additional funding to help students learn English.